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28th Mar '16 1:47:02 PM Morgenthaler
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-> Screenwriter Creator/CharlieKaufman, fresh off the success of ''BeingJohnMalkovich'', has a problem...

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-> Screenwriter Creator/CharlieKaufman, fresh off the success of ''BeingJohnMalkovich'', ''Film/BeingJohnMalkovich'', has a problem...



* TheCameo: Creator/JohnMalkovich appears as himself on the set of ''BeingJohnMalkovich'' (Kaufman's previous movie where Malkovich played himself), along with several other cast members.

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* TheCameo: Creator/JohnMalkovich appears as himself on the set of ''BeingJohnMalkovich'' ''Film/BeingJohnMalkovich'' (Kaufman's previous movie where Malkovich played himself), along with several other cast members.
24th Mar '16 1:14:08 PM eroock
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--> Screenwriter Creator/CharlieKaufman, fresh off the success of ''BeingJohnMalkovich'', has a problem...

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--> -> Screenwriter Creator/CharlieKaufman, fresh off the success of ''BeingJohnMalkovich'', has a problem...



* OpeningNarration: The film opens with a black screen and Donald talking about his loser life for 90 seconds.

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* OpeningNarration: OpeningMonologue: The film opens with a black screen and Donald talking about his loser life for 90 seconds.
19th Feb '16 12:30:57 PM Dragon101
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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Susan Orlean and John Laroche are both real people and the movie does function as an [[TitleDrop adaptation]] of Orleans' book ''The Orchid Thief''...up until about the 3rd act, where [[spoiler: Orlean and Laroche are "revealed" to have actually gone on to form a relationship, become drug addicts (and implied drug dealers), and then try and murder the Kaufman brothers to cover up the fact. Also presumably applies to the Native Americans who 3rd act Laroche is shown to have caught also snorting the orchid drug.]] The real Susan Orlean apparently was shocked at the direction they wanted to take the script, but relented and now loves the movie.
** To a lesser extent, screenwriting "guru" Robert [=McKee=] (played by Brian Cox) is portrayed as an over-the-top dictorial egomaniac who shouts and swears at the people in his seminar, especially if they ask what he considers stupid questions, and viciously rips into any trope he considers to be tripe or cliche and the writers who write them (that part isn't necessarily fictional, mind). They had to get the real [=McKee's=] permission to put him in the script, of course, and he had no problems with the portrayal after seeing the movie, especially since Kaufman is if anything even harder on himself.

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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Susan Orlean and John Laroche are both real people and the movie does function as an [[TitleDrop adaptation]] of Orleans' book ''The Orchid Thief''...up until about the 3rd act, where where [[spoiler: Orlean and Laroche are "revealed" to have actually gone on to form a relationship, become drug addicts (and implied drug dealers), and then try and murder the Kaufman brothers to cover up the fact. Also presumably applies to the Native Americans who 3rd act Laroche is shown to have caught also snorting the orchid drug.]] The real Susan Orlean apparently was shocked at the direction they wanted to take the script, but relented and now loves the movie.
** To a lesser extent, screenwriting "guru" Robert [=McKee=] (played by Brian Cox) is portrayed as an over-the-top dictorial egomaniac who shouts and swears at the people in his seminar, especially if they ask what he considers stupid questions, and viciously rips into any trope he considers to be tripe or cliche and the writers who write them (that part isn't necessarily fictional, mind). They had to get the real [=McKee's=] permission to put him in the script, of course, and he had no problems with the portrayal (in fact he even suggested Cox for the part) after seeing the movie, especially since Kaufman is if anything even harder on himself. He does think the movie simplified what he actually teaches, but also doesn't mind that as it suited the story.
19th Feb '16 12:20:25 PM Dragon101
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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Susan Orlean and John Laroche are both real people and the movie does function as an [[TitleDrop adaptation]] of Orleans' book ''The Orchid Thief''...up until about the 3rd act, where [[spoiler: Orlean and Laroche are "revealed" to have actually gone on to form a relationship, become drug addicts (and implied drug dealers), and then try and murder the Kaufman brothers to cover up the fact. Also presumably applies to the Native Americans who 3rd act Laroche is shown to have caught also snorting the orchid drug.]] The real Susan Orlean apparently was shocked at the direction they wanted to take the script, but relented and now loves the movie.
** To a lesser extent, screenwriting "guru" Robert [=McKee=] (played by Brian Cox) is portrayed as an over-the-top dictorial egomaniac who shouts and swears at the people in his seminar, especially if they ask what he considers stupid questions, and viciously rips into any trope he considers to be tripe or cliche and the writers who write them (that part isn't necessarily fictional, mind). They had to get the real [=McKee's=] permission to put him in the script, of course, and he had no problems with the portrayal after seeing the movie, especially since Kaufman is if anything even harder on himself.
24th Dec '15 6:00:52 PM eroock
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* LuckyCharmsTitle: The unconventional period at the end of the title.
18th Nov '15 4:51:03 AM Morgenthaler
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** Well, maybe [[CoenBrothers Roderick Jayne]].
7th Apr '15 10:43:48 PM KJMackley
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* PragmaticAdaptation: Charlie approaches adapting the book in every way possible, going to far as to open the story with the beginning of the universe... and still getting nowhere. The movie itself is Charlie's answer to adapting a book that could not ''possibly'' make for a good movie (at least without an amazing level of AdaptationDecay). The irony is that the film is able to cover all important details of ''The Orchid Thief'' through Charlie's obsession with the lack of any narrative, only going off on completely original material towards the end.



* StylisticSuck: Donald's cliched thriller. Also, [[spoiler:the entire final act; Charlie finally allows Donald to assist with the ''Orchid Thief'' script he's writing, thereby altering their own reality in the process.]]

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* StylisticSuck: Donald's cliched thriller. At least, how much it sucks is based on Charlie's opinion of the material as described by Donald. Also, [[spoiler:the entire final act; Charlie finally allows Donald to assist with the ''Orchid Thief'' script he's writing, thereby altering their own reality in the process.]]
19th Mar '15 5:53:06 AM eroock
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* PolarOppositeTwins: Donald and Charlie Kaufman

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* OpeningNarration: The film opens with a black screen and Donald talking about his loser life for 90 seconds.
* PolarOppositeTwins: Donald and Charlie KaufmanKaufman.
27th Feb '15 5:47:54 PM deathmaster87
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The film was directed by Creator/SpikeJonze.
1st Jan '15 8:11:00 PM nombretomado
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* FanService: It's surprisingly abundant. There is a lot of toplessness (some of it coming from {{Meryl Streep}} of all people)

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* FanService: It's surprisingly abundant. There is a lot of toplessness (some of it coming from {{Meryl Streep}} Creator/MerylStreep of all people)
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